The annual Masterworks concert at Bethel College will feature familiar faces — Luke Unruh, a junior from Goessel, will be one of the soloists during the concert, as will Jill Siebert, 2019 Kansas Horizon Award winner and creative director for the Newton Community Children’s Choir.
This year’s Masterworks concert at 3 pm. May 5 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College Campus will include several selections for chamber orchestra, along with Gabriel Fauré’s choral Requiem.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $6 for non-Bethel students and $5 for Bethel students, staff and faculty. All seating is general admission, and tickets are available at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on campus or by phone with a credit card at 316-284-5205 during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be for sale at the door.
This year’s concert features the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra, with friends and alumni, and the Bethel College Oratorio Chorus (all Bethel vocal groups plus 30-40 community singers).
Adam V. Fontana and William Eash, Bethel's directors of instrumental music and choral activities, respectively, will share conducting duties.
The orchestra will play Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and “Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring Nancy Johnson on violin.
The Bethel College Concert Choir will sing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 4.
The soloists for the cantata are all members of the Concert Choir: Polly Carlson, junior from Freeman, S.D., alto; Madison Hofer-Holdeman, junior from Wichita, soprano; Unruh, tenor; and Kaci Wilson, senior from Sterling, soprano.
The main choral work of the afternoon is the Fauré Requiem for mixed chorus with baritone and soprano soloists.
The soprano is 2017 Bethel graduate Siebert, who is completing her second year teaching music and art at Hillsboro Elementary School. She was recognized this year by the state Department of Education with a Horizon Award, given to second-year teachers for excellent teaching.
Siebert recently became creative director for the Newton Community Children’s Choir, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Megan Siebert, and their grandmother, the late Norma Preheim, who founded the choir.
Siebert is making her second appearance as a Bethel masterworks soloist.
Appearing at Bethel for the first time is Trevor Halder, baritone, of Greeley, Colo.
Halder is a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and the University of Northern Colorado.
An active performer in the northern Colorado area, Halder has appeared with the Loveland Opera and Denver Immersive Opera and apprenticed with Opera Fort Collins.
Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. He revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900.
The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic “Mass for the Dead” in Latin is the best-known of his large works.
The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine church in Paris for a funeral Mass.